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Democracy Now! Tuesday, May 20, 2003


Published May 20, 2003


Will Changes in the Nation's Media Ownership Rules Mark "the Beginning of the End of Our Democracy"?
A debate between the publisher of the Seattle Times and a Vice President at the Tribune Co. which owns 15 newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Newsday as well as over 25 television stations.

In an Exclusive U.S. Interview, Democracy Now! Talks with the Widow of the Al Jazeera Journalist Who Died When U.S. Forces Shelled His Office in Baghdad
“Look at the American Dream and how it was Implemented Here: We Lost Our Happiness, We Lost Our Lives, We Lost Our Liberty,” says Dima Tahboub who is suing Iraq war commander General Tommy Franks for war crimes.

U.S. Bombing of Basra Kills One Iraqi Boy and Wounds His Brother. Their Mother, Umm Haider, Speaks About Her Family?s Plight.
In January 1999, a U.S. cruise missile smashed into a Basra neighborhood in southern Iraq killing 6-year old Haider and spraying his brother, Mostafa, with shrapnel.

Who, What, When, Where, How? Did the U.S. Media Follow the Basic Rules of Journalism, or did they "Follow the Flag"?
Journalism professor Robert Jensen argues the U.S. media would fail Journalism 101

"This is not American Troops Going After Saddam's Folks. This is Violence in the Streets and it's Out of Control."
John Alpert and Sharif Abdel Kouddous join us in our studio to discuss their recent visit to Baghdad.


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